benkrupka (at) gmail (dot) com

84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230


Ben received his MFA from Utah State University and his BFA from Frostburg State University.  He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Arts Division at Bard College at Simon’s Rock where he has taught since 2005.  He completed two residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, first from 2003 to 2005 where his work focused primarily on wood fired functional pottery, and again in 2012 where he spent his sabbatical focusing on a body of sculptural and functional work.  Ben has taught many workshops nationally and internationally, most notably at Chulalongkorn University and King Mongkut’s University of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand where he was resident artist and visiting faculty.  His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationwide; at galleries, art centers, colleges and museums and is held in a number of public and private collections. Additionally, his work has been featured in a number of books as well as the periodicals, Ceramics Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Clay Times.  Ben’s current work extends outside of the ceramic studio where he is exploring art and design through different mediums. This work includes the physical construction of a contemporary, energy efficient home and ceramic, steel and wood sculpture built in collaboration with nature.  In his free time he can usually be found on the trail or in the kitchen.